Residents of warmer climates often question the sanity of those of us who make this state our home during the frigid winter season. For many Minnesotans, braving the elements is a source of pride! This week, adventure host Dan Monskey visits the 9th annual Ice Festival in nearby Sandstone, Minn. – a gathering of kindred spirits who share a love of all things cold. This vibrant festival celebrates the best of winter adventure sports from ice climbing to skinny skiing, winter camping and snow shoeing. Hear about the history of the festival and how it led to a partnership with the MN Climbers Association and the creation of an ice park for climbers. Join Dan and his crew as they put pick to ice and explore the beautiful chandeliers of ice. It’s like nothing you’ve ever seen! Tune in on WCCO Channel 4 at 11:05 p.m. this Saturday!
Today is Central Minnesota’s Point In Time Count – the “Count” is an effort to count all individuals experiencing homelessness.
Minnesota’s definition of homelessness: A household, individual or unaccompanied homeless youth lacking a fixed, adequate night time residence (includes doubled up).
To access the survey please click on the following link:
If you have any questions regarding the survey, please do not hesitate to call:Jennifer Erdmann Youth Host Home Program Coordinator Community Services Advocate Youth Specialist Lakes & Pines Community Action 1700 Maple Avenue East Mora, MN 55051 800-832-6082 *320-679-1800 Ext. 162 320-679-4139 Fax 763-742-0763 Cell
Appointments are now being taken for children in need to receive free dental care next month in conjunction with “Give Kids A Smile”, a charitable event held by the Minnesota Dental Association. The free dental work will be done at two area clinics on Feb. 7-8.
Across Minnesota, dentists will provide care to some 6,000 children at over 200 dental clinics. Since the program began, the Gopher State’s dentists have provided free care to approximately 50,000 young people and donated more than $15 million in services.
Recipients must be 18 years or younger and accompanied by a parent or legal guardian; and advance appointments are required. More info at: www.mndental.org
Participating Dentists in the Greater Pine City Area:Oak Park Dental Address: 505 Johnson Ave SE, Pine City, MN 55063 Phone: 320-629-2282 For directions visit: oakparkdentalclinic.com Event date: 2/7/2014 Office opens at: 8:00 AM Office closes at: 4:00 PM Services: Exams, cleanings, fluoride varnishes, sealants, x-rays, fillings, extractions, stainless steel crowns. Soft Dental Address: 1220 West 3rd Street, Rush City, MN 55069 Phone: 320-358-4733 For directions visit: http://www.softdentalmn.com/ Event date: 2/8/2014 Office opens at: 8:00 AM Office closes at: 1:00 PM Services: Exams, cleanings, radiographs, fluoride varnish, limited emergencies.
Arrowhead Transit offers FREE SATURDAYS this month
Arrowhead Transit has been providing Dial-A-Ride services in the Pine City area for the last few years and 2014 brings a few changes.
Arrowhead Transit began offering Saturday service late last fall, but hopes to increase the awareness of the service by offering a special promotion. Enjoy FREE Saturdays on January 25th and February 1st in Pine City.
Pine City Dial-a-ride hours: Monday through Friday 8am – 6pm and Saturdays 9am – 5pm. $1.00 per ride OR $20 for an unlimited monthly pass.
Dial-A-Ride 800-862-0175 option 3
David Peterson will present his tribute to Joseph Neubauer. Joseph was an influential avocational archaeologist from Pine City Township who had a life long passion for history and archaeology and made numerous contributions to both fields. Dave Peterson was a longtime friend and has consented to present his program in honor of Joe. The program is sponsored by the Northern Lakes Archaeological Society. Everyone is welcome.
Admission Information: free
Location: Superior Public Library, 1530 Tower Avenue, Superior, WI 54880
Wednesday, Jan. 22, the Select Committee on Living Wage Jobs will be in Hinckley to talk with local workers. Rep. Tim Faust (DFL-Cloverdale) will be there to talk with members of the committee and listen to concerns and ideas about work experiences.
“Even as Minnesota’s economy continues to improve overall, we know there are parts of the state that have not seen the same type of recovery,” said Faust, in his legislative update announcing the forum.
The skinny:Town Hall Meeting 10 a.m., Wednesday, Jan. 22 Local 49 Training Center 40276 Fishtail Road Hinckley, MN 55037
For many in Pine City and beyond, it was a very sad day when Mom’s Hometown Cafe, located at 223 5th Street SE in the town square, closed its doors for good. It is not that people aren’t excited about what took its place (J.T. Parkside, a Bridgeman’s ice cream retailer, with an ample selection of sweets and candies as well as made-from-scratch baklava). We wish J.T. Parkside much success! But, back to Mom’s. What made it so fantastic for so many were the pancakes… Those yummy, thick griddle cakes with the amazing dough flavor, and golden, crispy edges.
Oh, how the butter and syrup would amplify the taste, and the flavors of the month were so delicious, whether filled with plump blueberries, chunks of cinnamon-brushed apples and walnuts, or simply dark chocolate chips.
In fact, they were so good, on their trip from London, Brits Beth Peach and Lisa Van den Berghe expressed that they were the most delicious pancakes they had ever tasted. You see, in Britain pancakes are most often made without a raising agent, similar to crêpes… These gals had never had a bona fide American pancake. Granted, Brits have an affinity toward their pancakes: They even celebrate a Pancake Day each year, known as “Shrove Tuesday”, held the Tuesday before Lent.
Mom’s did something terrific this week, as a gift to the community: They shared their beloved, close-held pancake recipe for all of us to enjoy for years to come. Mom’s pancakes will live on, thank goodness, even though the restaurant did not. Thank you, Mom’s!